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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Body Temperature

Hardly a stage in your life has passed by where you haven’t fallen ill or called in sick. Then if your conditions don’t improve and your health deteriorates, you go see a doctor. What does the doctor do first when you tell them what’s wrong with you? They take out a thermometer to check your body temperature. Isn’t that true? The doctor looks for the symptoms of fever in you by taking your body temperature. If it is above normal, then they tell you that you’re suffering from a fever and then prescribe you some medication. Apart from being used as an indication of fever or something, your body temperature comes with some other stimulating facts. And they vary depending on your sex, your age, your vital signs, whenever you eat something naturally cold or hot, and whenever you tell a lie, even then. Let’s look into what interesting things about us our body temperature can tell.

Our Usual Body Temperature

When we are all well and internally fit, our body temperature is measured to be 37℃ (98.6℉). This is the normal value for human body temperature. At times, it can vary between 97℉ and 99℉. It can lower down or rise just a minor bit. It is a common observation that our temperature is higher than usual in the mornings till late afternoons and evenings. Gradually, as the day changes into night, it steadily falls and comes back to normal. It is normally because, during the nighttime, the temperature is lower than what it is during the day. So, our body takes effects and adapts to its surrounding temperature. You will also observe that your temperature rises whenever you’re engaged in intense physical activity. Like, if you’re running on a treadmill or jogging, your temperature will increase.

One peculiar fact is that the temperature of newborn babies and minor infants is slightly higher than that of much older children and adults. That is 99.5℉ (37.5℃). This is due to the fact that the total surface area of babies is comparably larger than their weight. Their metabolism is faster and more energetic.

The Nasty Experience of Fever

You are likely aware that you get fever when your normal body temperature rises and increase in value. It can upsurge to 104℉ (40℃) that is dangerous. Beyond that, things get very serious. Fever is an indication by your body that something’s wrong with it. Whatever wrong happens inside, you will get a fever first. You will fall ill with some kind of sickness. At first, their intensity will be higher. For some time, your forehead and your cheeks will burn like a car engine. Then, with time, it will diminish and cool down a bit. Some several symptoms and signs might come along with the fever. You may experience some of them or not at all. Those include a sense of weakness like you’re unable to move your hand, severe headache, feeling cold, cold sweating, and some others. Some people also feel a lack of hunger. They feel that if they eat something, they might vomit. This feeling keeps them from eating anything. Better check in with a doctor and seek their expert advice.

There are some other very severe and serious symptoms and effects of fever. Your skin may get a rash that will painfully throb when you scratch it, slight pain in different body parts especially in the neck and under the abdomen, heavy and short breathing, eyes sensitivity to brightness, a strong feeling of nausea and vomiting. Without wasting any time, you should consult and get yourself checked and examined by a qualified health professional if all these symptoms continue.

One must take extra care and measures when it is the health matter of infants and minors. The resistance of their immunity power is lower than that of adults. Their body is sensitive so they are more vulnerable to getting affected by fever. If their body temperature goes higher than usual, to prevent infection, seek medical professional help immediately. If your baby is not more than a quarter of a year old and is burning with a temperature of equals to or more than 38℃ (100.4℉), call for the nearest pediatrician available to your home. Also, seek immediate medical attention if the baby is about half a year old and has a temperature of almost 39℃ (102℉) or more. You should keep an eye on the fever conditions of your baby if they are up to 2 years of age. A normal fever shouldn’t last more than a day. Call for the doctor if it continues for more than that.

You see, not only the age of your baby matters but also the time duration of the fever. If your baby is living the third year or more of their life and they got a fever that lasts more than three days, then get them examined by a pediatrician right away. Don’t panic like most people normally do and start thinking sensibly. Your child might start behaving erratically. Don’t worry. That’s because of the extreme intensity of the fever. Once they get the first attention and examination by a doctor, they will be calm and back to normal.

Fever can be Supportive Against a Viral Infection

You will not believe this but fever might turn out to be a blessing in disguise for you sometimes. People usually wish that they and their loved ones might never get fever and that they remain healthy and energetic. Although fever is viewed negatively, it can assist you greatly in combatting several viral infections. During the fever, your body gets warm. It seems bad but there’s a hidden benefit in that. Whatever germs of any viruses are in your body soon to be incubated; they are killed due to your body heat. It’s just like, boiling the water, kills the germs in it. Doesn’t this sound awesome?

Is Body Temperature Specified by Gender?

Surprisingly enough, according to university-based research and study, it is found that the overall body temperature of females is a bit higher than that of males. It means that women’s body heat accounts up to a temperature of 97.8℉ (36.5℃) as compared to men’s 97.4℉ (36.3℃). One stimulating fact is that, in comparison between the temperature of hands of both genders, men have the upper hand. Their hands are 2.8℉ warmer than the hands of women. Women have their hands at 87.2℉ (30.6℃) as compared to men’s 90℉ (32.2℃). This implies that women have colder hands.

Maintaining Your Temperature Doesn’t Necessarily Involve Wearing a Hat

Wearing a hat is a common practice during the winters when stepping outside. There is a myth that body heat makes its way out through our heads. That’s the reason, mothers always make their children wear a hat when they go outside to play in the snow and build a snowman. So that their body remains warm and they couldn’t catch any cold. Now, recent researches have proved this phenomenon wrong. Loss of heat only through the head is not necessarily true. In fact, whatever body part that is not covered is providing a way for the heat to make its way outside. In this way, your overall body temperature decrease. That’s the main reason we often feel sick and fall ill mostly when the winters arrive.

Red Chili Pepper May Trigger an Escalation in Normal Temperature of the Body

If you’re a fan of spicy foods with lots of chilies or if you’re struggling with weight gain, then this is news for you. According to a study by physiology and behavioral studies, eating red chili pepper increases your body temperature and activates your body’s metabolism, making it work faster. The experiment which led to such findings had the participants include a gram of red chili in their food. Later, it was observed that their overall body temperature has risen but a decline in skin temperature was also noted. The heat was increased in the body by the effect of red chili pepper. So, it is good news for obese people who are struggling to lose their body weight.

The Lower Temperature of Heart is a Key for Brain Protection

Medical health practitioners use a technique on people who survive a heart attack to keep them breathing. It’s like they are cheating death. Therapeutic Hypothermia is that technique or treatment. When the person miraculously survives the cardiac arrest and starts breathing again, medical professionals use devices that induce coolness. This way, they reduce the body temperature of the patient by 5 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit. The logic behind this is that if your temperature is lower than normal, your heart will be calm and keep beating normally at a normal rate. This also calms down the brain. But, one thing is for sure, I must say. If the final time has come for a person, no technology in the world can save them.

Your Temperature of the Body Decreases with the Increase in Your Age

If you’re an old-timer and always feeling cold around you even during high temperatures of the day, then don’t worry. It is your age that is making you feel like this. It is correct, though. A survey was conducted on more than a hundred nursing home residents. In that survey, they were grouped specifically according to their ages based on different age groups. Then their temperature was noted. It was discovered that people over 85 years of age have their body temperatures 93.5℉, meaning slightly above 34℃. People falling in the categories of lower ages than 85 had generally higher temperatures. It seems, the more you age, the more your temperature decreases. The colder it gets. This was an important discovery. It showed that elderly adults are more prone to getting sick as compared to younger generations.

What is Your Body Temperature When You’re Diagnosed with COVID?

Before anything else, you must know that reduced body temperature is not among the symptoms of COVID. Although, fever is a very common symptom that usually a person feels at the earliest of stages.

According to the set international standards regarding body temperature during contact with the COVID, the temperature should be equal to or higher than 38℃ (100.4℉). If it crosses that limit, then a person will be considered ill. According to the guidelines, body temperature should be taken twice a day.

If you have a fever along with other symptoms of COVID, it is advised by the authorities to stay at your home to reduce the risk of anyone outside catching your virus. Remain there and call for the health department from your home. Sometimes people have just small, minor symptoms and they easily recover from them at home.

Your Temperature Varies While You’re Lying

Are you aware of the “Pinocchio effect”? You probably have heard Pinocchio stories, how his nose grows longer every time he speaks a lie. This effect is related closely on this basis. Through research by a Spanish university based in Grenada, it was discovered that when you lie, the temperature of particularly around your forehead increases. And the temperature of your nose decreases. Further developments are going on. In the future, this method can be used in lie-detecting machines that are already in use. Though, the way they are used is in reference to the blood pressure. When you lie, a sudden spike in your blood pressure can be observed clearly.

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